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John Etheridge Singing
(in Memorial to Winston Jones and Doss Bryan)

Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Opp, Alabama

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The John Etheridge Singing in memorial to Winston Jones and Doss Bryan was held at Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in July. The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Revision, was used for the day.

The class was called to order by Wayne Jones leading 32t and 36b. The opening prayer was offered by James Gardner. Tim Jones led 461 and 273. Barbara Jones led 72 (t? b?) and 558. The introductory lesson was conducted by Morgan Bunch leading 277, 29t, and 274t.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Wayne Jones; Vice Chairman—Tim Jones; Secretary—Barbara Jones.

Leaders: Rodney Ivey 380t, 356 (?); Bridgett Hill 276, 559 (?); Aubrey Barfield 434, 222; Shane Wootten 138t, 320; Judy Caudle 567, 414; Wilburn Ellison 28b, 465.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Wayne Jones leading 99. Leaders: Eloise Wootten 137, 511b; Lloyd Jones and Loretta Jones 45t, 500; Sue Bunch 31t, 544; Bill Hogan 464, 524; Alice Benjar 179, 60; Sam Schofield 288, 466; Sarah Kahre and Morgan Bunch 384; Tor Benjar 358, 392; Ken Kelley 442t, 120; Nate Green and Norma Green 116, 569 (t? b?); Ellen Gwynn 340, 335; Edd Bass 309, 507b; Larry Shaw 478, 463; Eva Padgett 395b, 77t. Wayne Jones led 369 and Tommie Spurlock offered prayer to bless the food for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Tim Jones opened the afternoon session by leading 63. Leaders: Nancy Hogan 84; Shane Wootten and Tim Jones 96; Loyd Ivey 541; Mike Jones 543; Billy Kelley 100; Mary Whitehurst 383; Linda Westbrook 229; Ford Bulger 491; Lera Ellison 94; Ernest Cockcroft 225t; Learvene Bass 74b; Kennon Smith 189; Ernestine Pipkin 110; Tommy Spurlock 574; Rhonda Harrison 515; Olivia Jones and Brianne Jones 348t; Chip Westbrook 398b; Brian Kelley 112; Janice Gardner 488b; Ken Sundberg 497; Michael Jones 282.

RECESS

Tim Jones called the class back to order leading 86. Leaders: Joe Nall 272; Loretta Jones 47b; Jerald Norris 553; William Smith 155; Stanley Smith 336b; Frank Strickland 145b; Beverly Dayton 122; Wayne Jones 76b (by request).

Announcements were made. Wayne Jones and Tim Jones led 527 as the closing song. James Gardner offered prayer to dismiss the class.

Chairman—Wayne Jones; Vice Chairman—Tim Jones; Secretary—Barbara Jones